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What does [雲行]{くもゆ}き mean?

What does [雲行]{くもゆ}き mean? I looked this up on Google Translate, and it means "turn of affairs" which makes no sense to me. I looked this up on Google Images, and there are pictures of storm clouds. ...
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Meaning of phrase そこそこ上手く、そこそこ下手

I'm a bit confused about the part in bold in the following passage. I can't understand what exactly is the speaker talking about with 上手く and 下手? Is he talking about how the one could be 'so-so good ...
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Aspects in stylistics/meaning of 東雲

Does the word 東雲 shinonome have some stylistic pecularities? What's the difference between this word and others with the same meaning "daybreak; dawn"?
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Meaning of 私の方が好きだけどね

Context on what happened earlier: He made a comment about his philosophy on becoming friends and she liked it. 「でも うん。私は好きかな。人が好きだから」 「奇遇だね、俺も人が大好きで仕方ないんだ」 「そっか。私の方が好きだけどね」 However, ...
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meaning of the verb 工夫 in this example

What is the meaning of the verb 工夫 when it is used with clothes? Example: [裏地]{うらじ}を[工夫]{くふう}してみる
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嫌い in “私のことを好きか嫌いか”, etc

I often encounter phrases like this in anime & manga, but from what I understand they are quite common in real life too. A girl asks a boy "do you like/love me? no? so then you hate me?". To me ...
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Does “fukushuu suru” mean “review” or “revise”?

Does fukushuu suru mean "to review" or "to revise"? Which meaning may be closer to actual usage?
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How is 百にも足らぬ used here?

How is 百にも足らぬ used here? 「算え{かぞえ}十九の若さで御供頭の大役を仰せつかるとは、冥加{みょうが}な話よのう」背戸{せど}の畑から戻ってきた叔父は、野良着のまま囲炉裏端に座りこむと、まるきり他人事のように言った。 「お言葉ではございますが叔父上、冥加と申されるのもいかがなものかと」 ...
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What does ギョグ mean?

In my dictionaries and on the Internet, the only meaning I found for ギョグ was "fishing gear", but in the context of the text I have been translating it does not make sense. The context is: two monsters ...
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What does 言っちゃえば mean? And what does 地面を蹴っていた mean?

I don't know what is the meaning of 言っちゃえば. The sentence is the following: 言っちゃえばこれがダンジョンでの直接の稼ぎになる "That is, this will become a direct gain coming from the dungeon." Is it correct the ...
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What does “なあ” & ”なんて” mean in this sentence. (うん、めずらしいなあ、めぐみのほうがおそいなんて)

Here is the sentence I'm talking about... うん、めずらしいなあ、めぐみのほうがおそいなんて
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Is the verb necessary for this sentence to make sense?

I recently started rewatching Naruto and there's one opening song by Little by Little with the lyrics: 悲しみをやさしさに 自分らしさを力に It is supposed to mean something like "turning sadness into kindness, ...
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What does ~したいところだ mean?

I've seen it a few times but I'm not sure what it means. Sometimes だが or the like follows. Here's a relevent line I encountered recently: ねぎらいの席…なるほど。確かにあなたは頑張っているから、是非ともねぎらってあげたいところだ The ...
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meaning of 四里四方{しりしほう}

I found the set phrase "四里四方{しりしほう}" used on several sites (e.g. here with a pun) but I can't find it in wwwjdic. Is it somehow a superlative of 四方{しほう}, something like "(from) all over (the world) ?" ...
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相乗りの意味はなんですか。「賞品相乗り」「相乗りしたショップ」はなんですか?

相乗りの意味はなんですか? 「賞品相乗り」「相乗りしたショップ」はなんですか?
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What does the following sentence say about field fires?

My friend and I are reading the book 宝石泥棒 by Masaki Yamada. The first scene is in a Jungle, and the protagonist, a young warrior in primitive attire, is just about to continue on his journey when ...
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How do I express “I like to watch you work” in a professional manner [closed]

How can I say something like "I enjoy watching you work" in Japanese? I want to say this to an artist. He has so much focus, enthusiasm, and skill. I feel in awe of him when I see him working. I ...
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Do ~せずに~したほうがいい and ~しながら~しないほうがいい have identical meaning?

Do the following sentences have identical meaning? A: チャットせずに勉強したほうがいいです。 Edit: B: 勉強しながらチャットしないほうがいいです。
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What does 箸にも棒にもかからない describe?

I think I understand when you would use 箸にも棒にもかからない, referring to someone who is hopeless - but what situation does the phrase describe? Is there a story behind it? What is happening with chopsticks ...
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How do I read 上 in ご注文の際は予めそちらをご了承の上お願い致します? What does it mean?

うえ? or じょう? What is the meaning of 上 in that sentence?
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What are the best ways to convey the idea of getting to a destination?

To express to get to or to reach a destination I see a few options: 到達{とうたつ}する 達{たっ}する 到着{とうちゃく}する 届{とど}く And variations. I have found 到達する as having clear examples with physical destinations ...
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Why does 屋根 means roof and 天井 means ceiling? Shouldn't it be the contrary?

I was learning these words with my kanji list, and I thought that I made a mistake and switched their meanings, but after checking the dictionary again I realized that actually their definition is ...
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Difficulty understanding なんないのも

ほめられるために、あんなに努力しなきゃなんないのも大変だね In order to win praise, unless you put in great effort like that, ????? The only way I can translate the end of the sentence is "not having hardship is difficult" ...
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What is the purpose of 中 in ダウンロード中?

When I am downloading something, this comes up. I guess it would mean that the download is in progress or something but it seems a little unexpected to have that there. Is it something that you'd say ...
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身にまとう related question

I didn't find 身にまとう in Japanese-English dictionary, but I understood from a Japanese dictionary that it can mean "wear" or "acquire knowledge" I'm wondering if this part means what I think it means: ...
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What's the meaning of 乃?

Google Translator gives me no result.
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What's the difference between 魔{ま} and 鬼{おに}?

Both seem to mean "demon". Are they synonyms?
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Identification of ライヤ: 来夜、来耶、来也 and its meaning

I do not know what is the correct word for ライヤ in the song 雷火ライヤ from Stella Glow, nor its meaning. There are 2 sources that give the title of the song: 雷火{らいか}来耶{ライヤ} 雷火{らいか}来夜{ライヤ} ...
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What does 将 mean?

I know that this words means "Leader", but I need help thinking of a keyword that helps me decipher words containing the Kanji 将. Take this word for example 未成年. To me, individually, these Kanji ...
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What is the image/feeling/concept behind 面白半分に◯◯する?

In a phrase like: 面白{おもしろ}半分に見る or 面白半分に言う What is the concept behind the 半分 and why is it connected with the verb using に? Is it like "all things have two parts/aspects": serious (真剣半分?) ...
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why is でのこと used?

I have two questions regarding the opening lines of a short story called 真夜中の王女(midnight princess) ある王国でのこと。 うつくしい王女が十五歳でなくなって、そのなきがらをおさめたひつぎが、教会にはこびこまれた。 Is the use of でのこと just to give the ...
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What does 便りの空だのみ mean?

お通{おつう} is grieving for 又八{またはち}(武蔵{たけぞう} is his friend) who left for war a year ago: ...
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What does 捜す refer to here?

沢庵 {たくあん} 「花御堂にかざる花を、一人で摘むのはたいへんだ、わしも手伝おうよ」 お通 {つう} 「そんな、裸のままで、見ッともない」 沢庵 「人間は元来、裸のものさ、かまわん」 お通 「いやですよ、尾いて来ては!」 ...
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trouble with comprehension: 最大公約数的な and くらいにまで

Following is an excerpt from 「涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱」. My questions concern the last sentence. 世界の物理法則がよく出来ていることに関心しつつ自嘲しつつ、いつしか俺はテレビのUFO特番や霊特集を熱心に観なくなっていた。 ...
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Is 日 “hi” or “ni”? [duplicate]

日 is at the start of "Nihon" (Japan) making me think it means "Ni" but 日 means Day which is written in romaji as "hi" and pronounced "hi". If 日 has multiple meanings how am I supposed to read it?
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What does 先{さき} mean here?

After killing his opponent, Takezou: 颯爽と、一顧して、彼はすぐ後ろへ戻って行くのである。なんでもないことのようだった。もし先{さき}が強ければ、自分が後に捨てられてゆくだけのこととしかしていなかった。 宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治) What does 先 refer to? Could it be his dead ...
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Clarification on 僕は落ちるのが怖い

I have seen 僕は落ちるのが怖い translated as "I am afraid to fall". Could it also be used to mean "I am afraid to fail".
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What does 撓{た}める mean in these 2 sentences?

1) 又八{またはち}は、壁の陰に立って、刀を振りかぶり、彼らの首が入口から三寸と出たら、ばさりと斬ッて落そうと、撓{た}めきッている。 2) 武蔵{たけぞう}は黒樫の木剣を横に撓{た}めて待っていた、そして典馬{てんま}の脚もとを目がけて、半身を投げ出すように烈しく払った。 {宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)} What dictionary ...
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What does 斜め mean here?

朱実{あけみ}は、からかって、雉子{きじ}のような迅{はし}こい足で、先に山道を降りかけたが、急に顔いろを変えて、立ちすくんだ。中腹の林を斜めに、のそのそと大股に歩いて来る男があった。{宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)} Does 斜め refer to him walking up the hill, or walking diagonally uphill ...
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What does 鉢の木帯 mean?

――野武士か? とは、すぐ思ったことだったが、意外にもそれはまだやっと十三、四歳にしかなるまいと思われる小娘であって襤褸てはいるが金襴らしい幅のせまい鉢の木帯をしめ、袂のまるい着物を着ているのである。――そしてその小娘もまた此方の人影をいぶかるものの如く、死骸と死骸との間から、迅こい猫のような眸を、じっと、射向けているのであった。{宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)} ...
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What do 「し」and「あった」mean in this sentence?

I'm a beginner Japanese student using Yu-Gi-Oh subtitles translations with the original in Japanese. I don't understand explanations in Japanese mostly, or it takes me a long (believe me, long) time ...
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V-ている方が meaning

遠坂はしゃがみ込んで、倒れた女生徒を介抱している。 その横顔は真剣そのものだ。 額に汗を浮かばせながら、女生徒の安否を気遣う。 …なんだろう。 その、見ている方が痛みを覚えるほどの真剣な顔を、俺は。 つい最近、すごく間近で見た覚えが--- Tohsaka squats down and start to look after the collapsed ...
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いる or ある for things attached to living beings

I have been searching the Internet for an answer to this question for while now, but to no avail. If I walk into a room and there's a person there among my friends that I don't know, in English could ...
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X+これを久しゅう meaning

In sentences like here. What does it mean? Which of the dictionary meanings of 久しい do I apply here? 幽谷先生が感歎これを久しゅうしたのも無理ではない。 と、私は慨嘆これを久しゅうしたことであった。 etc. (there are many more in the link)
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How is 口 used here?

祖父はシベリアからの引き揚げを経験した口だ。My grandfather was one of the people who were repatriated from Siberia. I couldn't find any dictionary entries that would fit 口 in this context. What does it mean here ...
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Context of “何様のつもりか”

I came across someone referring to the phrase "何様のつもりか" in the middle of an English-language discussion: if I were [person X], I would be shouting "何様のつもりか" (although I am not, and so I can't) ...
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Help understanding “口に出しては何も言わない”

I've seen this phrase used a few times and i don't think I get it. What meaning does the "ては" indicate? Here are examples from google: そんな彼女を直子はちらりと見たものの、口に出しては何も言わない。    ...
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'私は学生です' & '夜に部屋では電気をつけない' : 'は' 'では'

I'm so confused about the sentence structure'...では...' we say '私は学生です' 'は' here can mean 'be' but Japanese people would say '夜に部屋では電気をつけない' and 'その店では洋書が売られている' So the first sentence mean '(I) don't ...
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How can we determine the subject of 「彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。」?

Consider the following sentence. 彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。 I really get confused in determining the subject. Which is the correct translation? I did not know that he will not come. He did ...
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What does (volitional form) + ったって+(potential form of same verb) mean?

I came across this and don't quite understand is meaning. One character orders another to forget something, who nods agreement but thinks to themselves: 忘れようったって忘れられない What does 忘れようったって mean ...